After an earthquake or other disaster, emergency response agencies could be overburdened and might not be able to get to your neighborhood immediately, You and your neighbors or coworkers may need to take the initial emergency response actions and take core of others for at least 72 hours. Past earthquakes have thrust many untrained people into positions of providing first aid and rescuing people.
If a response team has not been organized in your neighborhood or workplace, take the initiative to form one now. Joining and forming a response team can greatly improve your chances of surviving an earthquake and can improve the self-sufficiency of your community.
You may wish to contact the Area Office of Emergency Services, the local chapter of the American Red Cross or a local community college to arrange for speakers and training workshops. Response teams should arrange to participate in annual earthquake exercises sponsored by local government and businesses.
Inventory Your Neighbors' Skills
As part of the community response team planning process, teams should conduct an inventory of the skills and resources available at home, at work and in the neighborhood.
Identify people with special needs
Many households and office staffs include people with special needs. Your response team should work with these individuals in advance to determine what extra assistance or supplies they may require after an earthquake or other emergency. Some of the people who may require special assistance include:
In addition to the water, food and other supplies that everyone needs to stock, members of the response team should store tools. Items such as the following should be stored in a central and easily accessible location.
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